M.C. School Districts Address School Security at Pendleton Summit

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As communities are getting ready for the upcoming school year, safety remains a primary focus for school leaders and law enforcement across the state.

On Monday, Aug. 8 Morrow County agencies participated in a regional School Security Summit hosted by the Intermountain ESD in Pendleton. School administrators from Morrow and Ione school districts, along with representatives from Boardman Police Department, Boardman Fire, and Morrow County Sherriff Office all participated in a review of the regionally adopted school safety protocols from the “I Love u Guys” Foundation.

“The safety of our students and staff are always our first priority and we are fortunate in Morrow County to have an outstanding wraparound program that includes school counselors, Community Counseling Solutions school based clinicians, SROs, school nurses, and CARE coordinators,” said Matt Combe, Morrow County School District superintendent.

Combe reiterated that school safety isn’t a one-and-done training. Morrow County schools will continue their training on school safety and reunification processes later in September supported by presenters from the “I Love u Guys” foundation and the community SROs.

“The Ione School District looks forward to the continued working relationship with MCSD and all of the supporting agencies in the county,” said Keven Dinning, Ione School District superintendent. “ISD will continue to focus on safety, and we look forward to working with MCSD in September to ensure that all services in Morrow County are working collaboratively to keep our staff, students, and community safe.”